Saluki baseball signs three players

SIU baseball did not have to find as many recruits this season as the last two years. The Salukis signed left-handed pitchers Seth Hackett, from Smith County High School in Elmwood, Tenn., and Joey Marciano from John A. Logan Community College. They also ... Continue Reading →
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jason Frasor throws in the seventh inning
against the Cleveland Indians on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in
Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won, 6-4.

Frasor represents Salukis in MLB postseason

The Kansas City Royals are in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time in 29 years, and one former Saluki is along for the ride. Relief pitcher Jason Frasor attended SIU from 1996 to 1999 before he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the ... Continue Reading →
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian
Sophomore Kyle Pauly delivers a pitch Monday during practice at Itchy Jones Stadium. Pauly said the youth on the team this year could be an advantage. “Everybody’s going to get a chance to play right away,” Pauly said. “Not many programs can have 28 to 35 guys getting playing time.” Pauly said he would like to be more comfortable throwing his changeup pitch this year. The Salukis will open the season Feb. 13 against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas.

Facilities allow better practice

At this time last year, the SIU baseball team was homeless. The Salukis did not have a field to call home last season until after the team’s fall practices. Abe Martin Field was completed in November, which only granted the Salukis some individual ... Continue Reading →
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Freshman infielder Hunter Anderson, left, tosses the ball to freshman outfielder Logan Blackfan Monday during practice at Itchy Jones Stadium. Anderson and Blackfan are two of 12 freshmen on the SIU baseball roster this year. “It’s going to be fun growing up as a team,” Blackfan said. “Our main goal is to win conference, but we want to get better as a team this fall, and hopefully we can put something together in the spring.”

Baseball reloads with youth

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Former Saluki signed by Diamondbacks

Former Saluki catcher Matt Jones promised his grandma Elaine Jones she would be the first person he told if a major league organization ever signed him. On Monday, Jones was able to keep that promise. The Arizona Diamondbacks purchased Jones’ contract ... Continue Reading →

SIU baseball players keep options open

Former pitchers Sam Coonrod and Nathan Dorris, and former Saluki catcher Matt Jones all intend to finish their education through SIU. The Chicago Cubs drafted left-handed pitcher Dorris in the 17th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player ... Continue Reading →
Catcher Matt Jones gets dressed in the locker room Tuesday before the Southern Illinois Miners’ game against the Frontier Greys at Rent One Park in Marion. Jones, who started 113 games for the Salukis, signed with the Miners June 12. “The transition has been easier staying in the same part of the country,” Jones said. “It’s been a lot of fun playing at the professional level and it’s nice to be close to home.”
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Jones transitions to Frontier League

Catcher Matt Jones’ first home series of his senior season was played at Rent One Park in Marion, but now he’s calling it home in a different uniform. Jones played two seasons with the Salukis. He started 113 games and hit .282 with 4 home runs and ... Continue Reading →

Two Salukis develop on enemy turf

Two Saluki baseball players spent their summer calling a rival stadium home and calling eight other Missouri Valley Conference players their teammates. Collegiate baseball players have the opportunity to play in summer leagues to develop their skills. ... Continue Reading →

Senior gets Royal treatment

Senior right-handed pitcher Todd Eaton became the second Saluki and 11th Missouri Valley Conference pitcher selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Eaton was selected 1,023rd overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 34th round. “It’s ... Continue Reading →

Coonrod headed to Bay Area

Junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod likely won’t return for his senior season, but that doesn’t mean he will stop playing baseball. Coonrod was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs best efforts fall short to Shockers

  The Salukis had only one hit Thursday, but managed to force extra innings against last year’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champions. The eighth-seeded Salukis (26-31, 4-17) lost to the fourth-seeded Wichita State University Shockers ... Continue Reading →

Salukis move to losers bracket

A southern Illinois native stalled the Dawgs chances to make it to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Wednesday. The eighth-seeded Salukis fell to the fifth-seeded Illinois State University Redbirds (32-21, 10-11) 6-1 to put them ... Continue Reading →

Salukis show winning hand against Aces

The Saluki baseball team was a few steps away from beating the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year earlier this season, but it got its revenge against him Tuesday. The eighth-seeded Salukis (26-29, 4-17) upset the top-seed University of Evansville ... Continue Reading →
Senior Sam Coonrod delivers a pitch Friday during SIU’s 4-2 loss against Evansville University at Itchy Jones Stadium. Coonrod leads the team with 64 strikeouts and leads the weekend starters with a 3.39 ERA. The Salukis open a weekend series against Mississippi Valley State University Friday at Itchy Jones Stadium.
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Coonrod’s potential keeps going up

Wins and losses are the most overrated pitching statistic, but they do not go unnoticed. Junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod is one of the best pitchers on the Saluki staff, but has not gotten a win credited to his name this season. He has not been ... Continue Reading →

Salukis battle each other for records

The Saluki baseball team has only seven games left of its regular season, but there is more than wins and losses at stake. Senior shortstop Jake Welch moved into ninth place in Saluki history with 213 career games during the weekend, five behind pitching ... Continue Reading →
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